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It's not the greatest but I'm gonna go with Valkyrie Profile anyway, just to give it some well-deserved love.



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Not sure... but this thread has piqued my interest in Xenogears



All great choices so far. It's sad that I haven't beaten too many of the great PS1 gems. One day....My vote is going to be very niche compared to all of you, I vote for

Front Mission 1

Without spoiling anything, it's a story about revenge, with a lot of twists, many f**ked up, which leads to a satisfying conclusion. Not necessarily a happy ending, but a conclusion which is feels like just that. It's an ending that sticks with you for a while.

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You should start tallying all the Lost Odyssey, XenoGears, and Chrono Cross votes, all great games.



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Eh, I'm personally not a fan of Chrono Cross or its plot.

Probably because I think almost everything seems bad when compared to Chrono Trigger.



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Suikoden 2


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think-man said:
Suikoden 2


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I've never played Suikoden 2. I'm pretty sure it's on PSN on PS3. I'll have to go back and check. That said, every Suikoden game I have played had an excellent story. I really enjoyed Suikoden III and V. Especially V, the Queendom aspect was fascinating.



Final Fantasy VI

nough said



F0X said:

Xenogears, I'd say. It's convoluted, but at least it's self-contained and can be figured out. It's not missing any important pieces. The only problem is how the plot was more ambitious than what Square-Enix could realistically pull off at the time, so some of the storytelling in the game (I'm looking at you, disc 2) is less than ideal.

It's far better than Xenosaga. I still can't wrap my head around Xenosaga... not really because it's convoluted, but rather because it's somehow much more ridiculous.

Xenoblade's plot is comparatively simple, though the ending is quite the curve ball. I'm still not sure what I feel about the ending, but the plot as a whole gets massive points for the game world alone. And actually delivering on the potential of its world.

Nothing really holds a candle to Xenogears, plot-wise, although there are still plenty of JRPGs with great storylines. And it's not like Xenogears has the best gameplay of any PS1 RPG (Grandia for life).


Xenosaga's Perfect Guide explains everything. Everything. Xenosaga's story wasn't the most enjoyable for me but it was the most intriguing by far.

Besided Xenosaga, Tales of Symphonia and Persona 4. And Tales of Xillia which I played recently but can honestly say it was one of the most enjoyable stories of an RPG I've played.

Honorable mentions to Baten Kaitos Origins and TWEWY.




For me it has to be Persona 3 FES. From the very beginning the intrigue, the characters, all their back stories, the intrigue and finally the ending all left me with a sense of awe I seldom get elsewhere.



 

Soriku said:
F0X said:

Xenogears, I'd say. It's convoluted, but at least it's self-contained and can be figured out. It's not missing any important pieces. The only problem is how the plot was more ambitious than what Square-Enix could realistically pull off at the time, so some of the storytelling in the game (I'm looking at you, disc 2) is less than ideal.

It's far better than Xenosaga. I still can't wrap my head around Xenosaga... not really because it's convoluted, but rather because it's somehow much more ridiculous.

Xenoblade's plot is comparatively simple, though the ending is quite the curve ball. I'm still not sure what I feel about the ending, but the plot as a whole gets massive points for the game world alone. And actually delivering on the potential of its world.

Nothing really holds a candle to Xenogears, plot-wise, although there are still plenty of JRPGs with great storylines. And it's not like Xenogears has the best gameplay of any PS1 RPG (Grandia for life).


Xenosaga's Perfect Guide explains everything. Everything. Xenosaga's story wasn't the most enjoyable for me but it was the most intriguing by far.

Besided Xenosaga, Tales of Symphonia and Persona 4. And Tales of Xillia which I played recently but can honestly say it was one of the most enjoyable stories of an RPG I've played.


I wasn't confused by Xenosaga's plot, I just thought some of the plot twists were too "out there". In a sense, it was very intriguing, because the plot was "unique", to say the least. :P

I liked ToS's story (for the majority of the game), and I believe it has the best overall cast in the series. Vesperia and Xillia, however, have much better main protagonists I'd say.

I haven't finished Persona 4 yet but so far the story is solid. Actually, it's the only thing holding my interest in the game. I'm only about eight hours into it, though.



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